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Joseph C. Wright (1892–1985)


When art director Wright found that Universal planned a lot of location shooting on San Francisco's Grant Street for "Flower Drum Song," he noticed that local weather records showed that the area had numerous rainy and foggy days at that time of year. He convinced the studio to recreate the street on a sound stage at the cost of almost a half ... See more trivia »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls Art Director
Oklahoma! Art Director
Days of Wine and Roses
Days of Wine and Roses Art Director


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 1968 The Wrecking Crew (as Joe Wright)
 1967 The Ambushers (as Joe Wright)
 1966 Murderers' Row (as Joe Wright)
 1966 The Silencers (as Joe Wright)
 1965 Strange Bedfellows (as Joseph Wright)
 1964 Dear Heart
 1962 Days of Wine and Roses (as Joseph Wright)
 1961 Flower Drum Song (as Joseph Wright)
 1955 Guys and Dolls (as Joseph Wright)
 1955 Oklahoma! (as Joseph Wright, art direction by)
 1952 O. Henry's Full House (uncredited)
 1952 With a Song in My Heart (as Joseph Wright)
 1950 The Jackpot
 1950 Wabash Avenue
 1948 The Snake Pit
 1944 Pin Up Girl
 1943 Coney Island
 1942 My Gal Sal
 1941 Swamp Water
 1940 Tin Pan Alley
 1939 Swanee River
 1939 Day-Time Wife
 1935 Escapade (as Joseph Wright)
 1934 Born to Be Bad (as Joseph Wright)
 1934 Looking for Trouble (as Joseph Wright)
 1934 Moulin Rouge (as Joseph Wright)
 1933 Gallant Lady (as Joseph Wright)
 1933 Broadway Thru a Keyhole (as Joseph Wright)
 1933 My Lips Betray (as Joseph Wright)
 1933 I Loved You Wednesday (as Joseph Wright)
 1933 Sailor's Luck
 1933 Hot Pepper (as Joseph Wright)
 1932 The Painted Woman (as Joseph Wright)
 1932 Mystery Ranch (as Joseph Wright)
 1931 Delicious (as Joe Wright)
 1930 The Sea Wolf (as Joseph Wright)
 1930 Double Cross Roads (as Joseph Wright)
 1928 Ransom
 1928 Golf Widows
 1928 The Man Who Laughs (as Joseph Wright)
 1927 Uncle Tom's Cabin (as Joseph Wright)
 1926 Exquisite Sinner (as Joseph Wright)
 1925 The Denial
 1924 Daring Youth (as Joseph Wright)
 1923 An Old Sweetheart of Mine (as Joseph Wright)
 1923 The Woman of Bronze (as Joseph Wright)
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Joe Wright | Joseph Wright

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While living in Kyoto] When I feel I have learned what I can about the Japanese culture and people, I will move on. In the society of our time, movie-goers are world travelers and can readily spot discrepancies in the sets we create - and in widescreen processes every minute detail is magnified many times over. An art director must never stop expanding his knowledge.


When Wright used photographs he had taken in Britain to recreate the entire Soho district of London on the Universal lot for "Strange Bedfellows," it became the largest permanent set built by any Hollywood studio since before World War II. See more »

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